FIH names South African Fairweather as CEO

Updated: Aug 09, 2010, 14:58 PM IST

Mumbai: Kelly Fairweather of South Africa
has taken over as the CEO of the International Hockey
Federation as successor to Christophe Troendle, who is
retiring as FIH`s Director General at the end of this month.

Fairweather, who will join FIH in October, is a former
high level player and coach, the international hockey body
said in its latest newsletter.

Fairweather is a former Director of the European
Regional Office and IF Relations of the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA) and Director of Sport at the International
Olympic Committee (IOC), working very closely with FIH.

"I am delighted to be taking up the role of Chief
Executive of the FIH - the sport that is in my blood and that
I am immensely passionate about," said Fairweather about his
new job.

"The FIH is at an exciting stage of development which no
doubt will bring challenges but also many opportunities for
the sport. I am looking forward to making a positive
contribution to achieving the goals and objectives of the
FIH," he added.

FIH chief Leandro Negre said the world hockey body would
benefit from Fairweather`s appointment.

"I am pleased that Kelly accepted our proposal. We have
a lot of expectations of his knowledge of the world of
sports," Negre said.

"With Kelly?s background and experience, I am sure that
he will be a fantastic leader of our professional team," said
FIH`s Secretary General Peter Cohen.